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My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side Paperback – October 1, 2013
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"Dr. Elisa Medhus offers a heartfelt, deeply moving story that invites readers to question their own beliefs of love, loss, and the afterlife." (Eben Alexander, MD author of the NY Times bestseller Proof of Heaven)
“Elisa’s journey has been amazing and she is well-qualified to share her knowledge with both the medical community and the grief community. She has the credentials to bridge the gap that often exists between these two groups, and by doing so, she is breaking new ground and leading the way for many of us working in the field of bereavement, hospice care, and consciousness.” (Terri Daniel, author, educator, end-of-life advisor, interfaith chaplaincy, and founder/director of the Afterlife Education Foundation and the Annual Afterlife Awareness Conference)
“My Son and the Afterlife contains the clearest, most informative answers to questions about what happens after a person passes into the afterlife that I have read in one book. The topics explored a range from very human, personal issues such as who greets the person after their passing to insightful descriptions of the nature of consciousness and reality.” (R. Craig Hogan, PhD, author of Your Eternal Self)
“Erik's messages are poignant, profound, informative, and entertaining, and above all give us that assurance that we all long for—that there is life beyond death, and that all is well there. Erik’s words help our minds to understand, but most of all he helps our hearts to heal and our joy to soar. Thank you, Erik." (Christine Elder, author of Broken Blessings)
“My Son and the Afterlife by Elisa Medhus, MD is a book that will tug at your heart strings, make you laugh, cry, and more importantly, consider possibilities that you had probably never thought about before. This book, a record of the author’s conversations with her recently deceased son, Erik, is as real, authentic, and straightforward as it gets. Dr. Medhus and her son Erik, are both in a state of flux struggling to make sense of new perspectives that were thrust upon them as a result of Erik’s suicide. Both are determined to fully explore and share their newfound awareness as they provide much needed healing for each other, find new meaning and significance in the love that binds them, and invite you to come along on their poignant journey to the other side of death.” (Thomas Campbell, physicist and author of My Big TOE (Theory of Everything))
“Raised by atheist parents, Elisa Medhus, MD. believed only in a material reality—until her mind was jarred open by the excruciating loss of her son, Erik. Following his death she began to receive anomalous communications matching with Erik’s distinctive personality. Always direct and sometimes crude, the insightful messages forever changed Elisa’s worldview. I was touched by the continuing dialog between mother and son, finding it both comforting and enlightening. Don’t be surprised if Elisa’s story alters your ideas about the nature of reality too.” (Mark Ireland, author of Soul Shift)
“The hide-bound reductionist materialism of 19th and early 20th century science is crumbling under new discoveries and their relevance to what sensitive people through the ages have known all along. Dr. Medhus meticulously guides us through her own epiphany as she, a medical doctor, an exploring mind, and suddenly a re-focused mother finds the intensely personal strength to understand her son's suicide and its larger meaning in the nature of which we are all part, and the courageous professional strength to bring her realizations to us. While this book is obviously an invaluable resource for theologians and physicists, and ethicists and counselors, it is truly a touchstone for all of us who feel and who seek to understand the transcendental nature of the human condition.” (Marco M. Pardi, MA, DPS, anthropologist and thanatologist)
“Dr. Elisa Medhus has approached her conversations with her son Erik in a courageous and systematic way, using all the analytical skills of a trained scientist. She asks Erik the hard questions that any parent who has lost a child would want answers to, and more. Erik answers all these questions with his own characteristic laid-back directness in a no-nonsense way that brings our understanding of the afterlife into the twenty-first century. This is a remarkable book written by remarkable people, which will bring hope and comfort to the bereaved and change many lives for the better.” (Dr. Victor Zammit, author of A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife)
About the Author
Elisa Medhus, MD, is a physician and mother of five who has practiced internal medicine for over thirty years. She is the author of three award-winning parenting books, including Raising Children Who Think for Themselves and Hearing Is Believing, and has lectured on parenting for schools, parent groups, and corporations. After the death of her twenty-year-old son Erik, Dr. Medhus began journaling her grief in her blog ChannelingErik.com and wrote the successful book My Son and the Afterlife. She lives in Houston, Texas.
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This is one of the most detailed accounts I have ever read of the afterlife. Dr. Medhus must have an incredible son and have met some incredible mediums because most of us do NOT get communication like this from our departed loved ones. It's as if she can sit down and interview her son. No, that's exactly what she claims. If her claims are to be believed, this gives us great insight into the questions as to the nature of God, our purpose on Earth, what do they do all day in heaven, do we reincarnate and on and on....
The only thing the book is lacking is veridical proof that this isn't just her imagination. If you're a skeptic, this isn't going to convince you of anything. If you're a believer however, this book can not only bring great comfort, but great joy. I miss my daughter like I cannot even begin to describe, but I am looking forward to seeing her again. Maybe a bit too much after reading this.
Erik, Jamie and Elisa make a potent team. Erik has the gift of explaining complex topics in a clear (and irreverent) way that I can understand and relate to. Jamie is a pure and joy-filled channel that allows Erik's words to flow unhindered and unfiltered. And Elisa brings her probing questions, logic, and deep mothers love.
If you have ever wondered about what happens after death, buy this book. The universe is SO much bigger than we ever imagined.
Love or fear and the damage or constructive building that come of these feelings, well now it all makes sense. It’s easy to understand why strong emotions can be traced back to "cause." And once you get the point of acceptance and understanding, then the information given in this book helps to put the puzzle pieces in place. This book has answers that come from what seems like an improbable situation (i.e., from a beloved son in the afterlife), but when you digest the whys, hows, and whats in life, you realize how this information fits in perfectly with life’s plan, heck with one’s own personal journey! I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “energy can neither be created nor destroyed” – well, this book explains, using the concepts of quantum theory, why this is so. Quantum theory comes into a lot of the discussion, and like I mentioned earlier, it all makes sense. It’s plausible and probable.
Parts of the transcriptions are heart-wrenching, and a lot of it is downright funny and clever. Most of it is informative. You’ll see it’s not just the writings of a wishful mother wanting to connect to her son, but thoughtful discourse on being human, life after being human, and the nature of the All. You’ll need an open mind, but then you’ll need an open mind if you’re interested in evolving spiritually.